by John | Sep 15, 2014 |

Family Fun for Rainy Days in Suffolk


Rain rain...go away!

It’s the holidays, and the heavens have opened. What to do now?

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the sun isn’t shining! Read our guide on how to have a fantastic day out, even when the rain starts to pour.

Go Swimming!

With so many leisure centres in Suffolk, the children can burn off some steam by slip-sliding down the flumes, whizzing about in the rapids, or clambering over inflatable obstacle courses.

Felixstowe Leisure Centre has a whirly open top slide, a full size main pool, and two shallower pools for younger children. On Saturdays between 1.15pm and 2.30pm, the main pool is reserved for the Family Fun Session, featuring lots of fun inflatables. On Sundays, they reappear for Super Splash, 3.00pm - 3.30pm. See the timetable and prices here.  

When you come down with a case of seriously wrinkled feet its time to grab some chips from the cafe and head to the arcade on the pier next door! You could also finish the day with a movie at the Palace Cinema.

Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury has a fantastic beach entrance which is ideal for all swimmers to splash around in. The main pool has large and toddler flumes, a wave machine, and a waterfall! During Wet ‘N’ Wild sessions, the inflatable and rafts are available for maximum fun! Check out the timetable here.

For those of you near Constable Country, head to Colchester Leisure World and have a blast on the 13 metre colourful flumes. Alternatively, you could relax amongst the bubbles and jets in Palm Tree Springs, or whip around in the Crazy River with its fun slides and waves. Look out for the Shipwreck Water Cannons, the Seahorse Squirter, Tipping Buckets and the Water Curtain. The holiday pool timetable can be found here.

The Deben Pool at Woodbridge is transformed for Super Splash Fun Sessions on certain days of the week. Enjoy floats and toys in the main pool, and the pool inflatable, which is great fun for children. Check the timetable here.

Leiston Leisure Centre near Aldeburgh has a refreshing 25 metre pool, with adjoining toddler pool and slide. Find the timetable here.

Get creative at a Ceramic Cafe

Painting your own design and getting it fired is so much fun! What better way to spend a drizzly afternoon with the children?

Jars Of Clay in Rendlesham (nr Woodbridge), and Wild Raspberry Ceramics Cafe in Chelmondiston (Constable Country)  both welcome you to come and paint your own ceramics. For something a little bit different, pop to Carters Teapot Pottery in Debenham  (nr Framlingham) and watch the highly skilled staff moulding, firing and painting their collectable teapots. Then, get your own design glazed at the ceramics studio, before visiting the Conservatory Tearoom from some delicious homemade scone and cakes.

Go Bowling

The sun doesn't need to be shining for you to have a great time bowling!

If you’re in the Woodbridge area, Kingpin Bowling is only a 10-15 minute drive away. Enjoy a family morning or afternoon of ten pin bowling. Choose between the whacky and fun 'cosmic lanes’, or the traditional lanes.

Mr G's Bowling in Brandon serves those visiting North Suffolk. Go and grab something to eat after a couple of games at the onsite restaurant and Sunday Carvery.

And those of you near Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham are spoilt for choice with both Strikes and Bury Bowl at your service!

Go to the Movies!

There are always great family-friendly movies on. Know where to go, then keep up to date with the programmes!

Take your pick of the many big screens across Suffolk on a rainy day.

Woodbridge: The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge or Ipswich Film Theatre
Aldeburgh: Aldeburgh Cinema or Leiston Film Theatre
Constable Country: the Odeon, Colchester and Cineworld, Ipswich

Southwold: The Electric Picture Palace - why not take a tour while you’re there? (Membership required, £3 for the season)

For a full list of theatres and cinemas in the county, see Cinemas on the Suffolk Coast and Cinemas in the Suffolk Countryside

Laser Quest & Paintballing!

Play as a team, or split up and go head to head!

Dart around the UV artwork and pumping sounds in Laser Tag at Martlesham, or see who will emerge victorious from the Laser Quest arena at Strikes in Bury St Edmunds.

If you’re an older family, you might like to have ago at paintballing!

Suffolk offers large indoor paintballing facilities, such as Desert Storm in Pettaugh, Stowmarket (min age 13) and Paintball Underworld in Liston near Long Melford (min age 11).

Indoor karting

You don't need to be outdoors to feel the wind rushing through you hair as you race around this cool track!

For the adrenalin junkies amongst you, head to the exhilarating multi-level circuit at Anglia Indoor Karting. They can accommodate children as young as 5 - see the website for more information.

Go to the Aquarium!

See if you can find Nemo...

The zoo may be drizzly, but you can immerse yourself in watery worlds without even having to get wet at Sea Life in Great Yarmouth. With shark and ocean tunnels, tropical and native rock pools, crocodiles, penguins, jellyfish and more!


There are, of course, many sites of historical interest in Suffolk.

See the last working mill in Britain at the Tide Mill Living Museum on Woodbridge’s waterfront.

It might be too wet to take a walk on the burial site, but the discovery centre at Sutton Hoo is great fun, and there is a cafe on site for refreshments .

Visit the first operational radar station at Bawdsey Manor, or the Cold War Museum at Bentwaters Park, and uncover the wealth of fascinating history Suffolk is proud to have.

Book your Suffolk holiday accommodation now!  

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